(meteorobs) G7IZU meteor alerts improved

Andy yahoo at television.f9.co.uk
Tue Jun 12 15:04:45 EDT 2007

The data source for the G7IZU email alerting system changed at the 
beginning of June. The source is now from a receiver tuned to 
143.050 MHz. There is a very powerful French "Graves" satellite 
radar system operating on that frequency, which is giving very 
reliable meteor reflections. The transmitter is so powerful that 
it's also giving moon echoes, along with a few large satellites, 
although these are not affecting counts much at all. 

The other frequencies that I've been using to generate the counts 
(48.25 and 60.50 MHz) have become unreliable over the years, and are 
basically not good enough to continue accurate meteor counting with. 
The Spanish transmitter on 48.25 MHz is particularly bad at the 
moment, often drifting off-frequency for long periods. Sporadic-E 
conditions also wipe out reception during large parts of the summer 
months, and ocal interference is an ever-present problem.

Under "normal" or "flat" meteor conditions, I'm receiving about 100 
meteors/hour between 04-07 hrs UT, so no more daily "high alert" 
triggers when they're not really needed. So for now, using the new 
frequency, the "high" alert trigger is set at 110 meteors/hour, 
the "very-high" at 175 meteors/hour.

As the data gets more refined in the coming weeks and months, I'll 
program the system to adjust the trigger levels automatically on an 
hourly basis, to follow the diurnal cycle, which will then highlight 
the daytime meteor showers better too.

The Live FFT output from the new receiver is available at 
http://www.tvcomm.co.uk/radio/live_b.html. The original 48/60 MHz 
output is still there at http://www.tvcomm.co.uk/radio/live.html.

To subscribe to the meteor alerting service please follow this link:

Any questions, feel free to contact me through the website.

Andy Smith, 
G7IZU Radio Reflection Detection Page

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